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any tips on getting out the rear springs?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by milspecjimmy, Sep 15, 2002.

  1. milspecjimmy

    milspecjimmy 1/2 ton status

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    with out using a torch near the gas tank? any suggestions on sawzall blade types, or something, i dont want to drop the tank out and i dont want to blow it up with the torches, and a hand hack saw is tooo sloooowwww
    thanks guys
    ~~~jeff /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I used a 6" cutting disc on my 5" grinder and zipped right through the bolts...

    If you want to do this make sure you wear gloves and eye protection.

    Rene
     
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    never thought of that, i have a 6 inch craftsman grinder, ill have to get a disc
     
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    Get a 7-9" disc for that grinder or it may not cut deep enough to get all the way through. The disc I used was 1/8" thick and originally intended for a Skil saw. I removed the guard on my grinder and it made short work of the bolts...

    Rene
     
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    those suckahs are outta there. the 7-1/4" skill saw blade for metal worked like a jimmy through a mud pit /forums/images/icons/grin.gif i am going to eat dinner then finish up the rear suspension. then i get to dive into putting my stock exhaust back on /forums/images/icons/smirk.gif
     
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    I hate doing that to the spring bolts but it's pretty rare that any wrench will take em off...congrats!

    Rene
     
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    I know its after the fact, but I agree 100% - grinder is the only way to go! /forums/images/icons/smile.gif Glad you got them out... I wasted 4 hours trying my sawzall before I went and bought the grinder! Live and learn I guess! /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif

    -Dan
     
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    i just used the torch, and a sheet of flame retardant stuff, like they make the mitts for catching hot rivets out of, and just covered the tank and fill neck areas
     
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    Try Mouse Milk works like a champ even on corroded U-Bolts
     
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    when you guys removed your packs were you replacing packs with replacement, or taller, or adding leaves ?
    reason i ask is cuz i have all kind sof extra packs and loose laves laying around and i want to add to front and rear packs soon,.

    thanks
     
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    adding a rear addaleaf for ride leveling and cahnging out wornout bushings
     
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    i just replaced all 4 springs with 4" lift springs. any one need some really nice stock fronts? there up for grabs
     
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    how bad are lift packs priced right now ?

    thanks
     

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